Top Baby Names for Twins

Most Popular Twin Names

Newborn Twins Sleeping
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Naming twins is not like naming a single baby. It starts with the obvious, you need to come up with more than one name at the time. While that might seem fairly easy, some couples fight a lot over a single baby name, and choosing twin names is even more difficult.

Twin names need to go together without sounding so similar that they are easily confused. They should be complementary, but equal in terms of weirdness or historical.

This can make choosing twin names vastly different than a first born, and even more difficult than naming a sibling.

One thing that can help people overcome that barrier is to have a list of commonly used twin names to look at while making a selection. This is not to say that everyone looks at this list and chooses a set of names, but it allows couples to have a starting point to say what names they like and don't like, both individually and as a set.

Sometimes you want to choose twin names that focus on the individuality of the children, other times, emphasizing the nature of having a twin is more important. This is something that you can learn from reading other twin names

Naming one baby is hard enough. But when you're faced with naming twins or other multiples, the number of names you need multiples with each baby! Never fear, there are some hints available to help ease your tension over choosing names for your multiples.

Birth Order

A, B, C, D... The order in which your babies are born is their birth order. They will be labeled with a letter, depending on what their birth order is.

So baby A was born first, baby B second, etc. (Note: This may be different than their labeled letter while in your uterus, as that is determined by who is closest to your cervix.)

Some parents choose to let birth order assist them in naming their multiples. So baby A becomes Adam and baby B becomes Brian. Some parents claim this helps keep the babies straight.

Zygosity

Zygosity is a fancy way of saying whether or not your twins (or other multiples) are identical (monozygotic) or fraternal (dizygotic). You may decide to let this influence your naming selections. Do identical twins get names that are more similar than fraternal twins?

Sex of Babies

Does the gender of your twins influence your naming? Would you name two girls, regardless of zygosity similar sounding names? Perhaps you would only consider names that are similar if the children were identical. It may also depend on if you have girl/girl twins, girl/boy twins or boy/boy twins or other multiples.

Matching Names

Zygosity may not matter to you. You've been dying to use cute matching names forever. Multiple birth gives you your chance. Be forewarned... Lots of parents of multiples choose to give matching names to multiples. When you do this you run the risk of getting the kids confused. (Did you say Madison or Madeline?) You also run the risk of confusing everyone else.

Questions to Ask Yourself About Naming Multiples

  • Does the name emphasize that my children are a pair? (Jack and Jill)
  • If yes, is that what I want?
  • Are the names easily confused for one another? (Mia and Nia)
  • Do they have the same initials? (Amy Elise and Amanda Elliot)
  • Are their names stand alone for when they are older?
  • Do they have easy alternatives for nicknames?

Choosing Combinations of Names

When you find out you are having twins, baby names are something that you probably start to think about fairly quickly. Many people have considered what they would name twins of the same sex (boy/boy or girl/girl), but when you find out that you have boy/girl twins, it can be a bit more interesting when it comes to names. Grab your baby name books and get started!

Do you stick with similar names to accentuate the twinship?

(Allie and Alex) Do you choose names with the same first letter (Fred and Fiona) or same first sound (Celia and Sam)? There are many options, but ultimately most parents of twins say that it really depends on how the names sound together. I have identical (monozygotic) twin daughters and I've spent a lot of time with other twin parents through my work in pregnancy as well as the Mothers of Twins Club locally and around the country. Here's what I heard for suggestions when I asked about naming boy/girl twins.

  1. Lucille and Hudson

    These are both strong, stand alone names. Together they have a sort of story book quality. Lucille means light and is French in origin. Hudson is an English name meaning son of the hooded man. Can't you almost hear the superhero in each?
  2. Elise and Elijah

    A French name, Elise means consecrated to God. Elijah is a Hebrew name with a similar meaning, God is Lord. This is one way to connect the names both with the same first letter but different sounds, but also names with similar meanings.
  3. Erica and Jonathan

    Sometimes the meaning of the name is the most important thing. Erica is a name that means forever strong with a Norse background. While Jonathan is Hebrew for God has given. These strong names would be great names for babies who are born after a much wanted pregnancy or who were born early and have fought hard to survive. 
  4. Leonard and Annabelle

    Leo is the Latin root for lion, so the name Leonard has come to mean lion hearted. Annabelle is an American name that is a combination of the French word Belle (beauty) and the Hebrew word Hannah, of which Anna is a derivative. These names emphasize the masculine and feminine.
  5. Dorothy and Jack

    Dorothea is a Greek word meaning gift of God. Jack is a diminutive name for John, which is English for God is gracious. (You could also use Dorothy with it's meaning matched name for boys, Nathan (Hebrew).) This is a nice combination of a popular name and a less popular but familiar name for the twins. This could be done where either baby has the popular name.
  6. Dylan and Delaney

    Meaning son of the wave in Welsh, Dillon can also be spelled Dillon. Delaney is French meaning from the Elder tree grove. This might be a Harry Potter Shout out to the elder wand, or it could simply be parents who really love nature and are looking for nature based names. 
  7. Cameron and Matthew

    This is one of those times where maybe, you ignore the meaning of a name and use it because you love the name. Cameron is Scottish for crooked nose. Matthew is Greek for gift of God. Some may say that these are two strong names that go together.
  8. Samantha and Jake

    Being a mostly American name that is wildly popular, Samantha means listener. While Jake means grasps the heel. That said, if you're a fan of 80s movies, you might catch that these names are a tribute to Sixteen Candles characters. (Side note: Molly Ringwald played Samantha and later went on to have boy/girl twins of her own, Adele and Roman.)
  9. Oliver and Molly

    Looking for comfortable names? Try these on for size! Oliver is French for olive tree, while Molly is diminutive name of Mary and it means bitter. These are great examples of names that are just solid names with no obvious connections.
  10. Lily and Lyle

    Are you a fan of alliteration? Here's a typical sounding style for twins of all sexes. Lily is English for flower or pure and Lyle is English for island. As stand alone names they work, but together they have a snazzy little punch.
  11. Charlotte and Mark

    This is another set of strong names for boy/girl twins. Charlotte is French for free man and Mark is Greek for consecrated to the God Mars.

Twin Name List

Every year the Social Security Administration used to compile, not only the most popular baby names but the most popular names for twins. After each set of names, you'll see the number of twin sets who were given that name, if available.

Most Popular Twin Names for Girl/Girl Twins

  1. Ella, Emma 44
  2. Olivia, Sophia 42
  3. Gabriella, Isabella 34
  4. Faith, Hope 32
  5. Ava, Emma 28
  6. Isabella, Sophia 25
  7. Madison, Morgan
  8. Ava, Ella 21
  9. Ava, Olivia 21
  10. Mackenzie, Madison 21
  11. Abigail, Isabella
  12. Abigail, Emma
  13. Hailey, Hannah 19
  14. Makayla, Mackenzie 19
  15. Addison, Avery 17
  16. Elizabeth, Emily 17
  17. Ava, Mia 16
  18. Heaven, Nevaeh 16
  19. Abigail, Emily 14
  20. Emma, Olivia 14
  21. London, Paris 14
  22. Chloe, Claire 13
  23. Mia, Mya 13
  24. Anna, Emma 12
  25. Arianna, Brianna 12
  26. IsabellaOlivia 12
  27. Abigail, Lillian 11
  28. Addison, Ava 11
  29. Emma, Isabella 11
  30. Samantha, Sophia 11
  31. Ella, Olivia 10
  32. Emma, Hannah 10
  33. Emma, Mia 10
  34. Faith, Grace 10
  35. Madison, Makenzie 10
  36. Madison, Olivia 10
  37. Abigail, Olivia 9
  38. Annabella, Isabella 9
  39. Chloe, Zoe 9
  40. Elizabeth, Isabella 9
  41. Elizabeth, Victoria 9
  42. Jada, Jade 9
  43. Julia, Sophia 9
  44. Kayla, Kylie 9
  45. Madison, Megan 9
  46. Mia, Sophia 9
  47. Natalie, Olivia 9
  48. Paige, Payton 9
  49. Serenity, Trinity 9
  50. Valentina, Valeria 9

Most Popular Twin Names for Girl/Boy Twins

  1. Madison, Mason 32
  2. Emma, Ethan 28
  3. Taylor, Tyler 26
  4. Madison, Michael 19
  5. Jayda, Jayden 17
  6. Madison, Matthew 17
  7. Samuel, Sophia 17
  8. Addison, Aiden 14
  9. Olivia, Owen 13
  10. Zachary, Zoe 13
  11. Addison, Jackson 12
  12. Aiden, Ava 12
  13. Emily, Ethan 12
  14. Emma, Ryan 12
  15. Isaac, Isabella 12
  16. Natalie, Nathan 12
  17. Abigail, Benjamin 11
  18. Andrew, Emma 11
  19. Isabella, Isaiah 11
  20. Jada, Jaden 11
  21. Brian, Brianna 10
  22. Emma, Jack 10
  23. Aiden, Emma 9
  24. Eli, Ella 9
  25. Jacob, Olivia 9
  26. Lily, Logan 9
  27. Michael, Michelle 9
  28. Naomi, Noah 9
  29. Abigail, Alexander 8
  30. Abigail, Andrew 8
  31. Brandon, Brianna 8
  32. Chloe, Christian 8
  33. Elizabeth, William 8
  34. Emily, Matthew 8
  35. Emma, Jacob 8
  36. Emma, William 8
  37. Jacob, Sarah 8
  38. Lilly, Logan 8
  39. Nicholas, Sophia 8
  40. Noah, Sophia 8
  41. Oliver, Olivia 8
  42. Sophia, William 8
  43. Abigail, Jacob 7
  44. Addison, Austin 7
  45. Alexander, Sophia 7
  46. Ella, Jackson 7
  47. Emma, Evan 7
  48. Emma, James 7
  49. Jayla, Jaylen 7
  50. Zachary, Zoey 7

Most Popular Twin Names for Boy/Boy Twins

  1. Jacob, Joshua 69
  2. Ethan, Evan 54
  3. Jayden, Jordan 52
  4. Daniel, David 50
  5. Matthew, Michael 35
  6. Landon, Logan 32
  7. Elijah, Isaiah 31
  8. Jacob, Joseph 30
  9. Jayden, Jaylen 27
  10. Isaac, Isaiah 26
  11. Caleb, Joshua 25
  12. Andrew, Matthew 22
  13. James, John 22
  14. Alexander, Nicholas 21
  15. Jeremiah, Josiah 21
  16. Joseph, Joshua 21
  17. Nathan, Nicholas 21
  18. Jonathan, Joshua 20
  19. Logan, Lucas 20
  20. Ethan, Nathan 19
  21. Aiden, Ethan 18
  22. Jeremiah, Joshua 18
  23. Alexander, Andrew 17
  24. Alexander, Benjamin 17
  25. Logan, Luke 17
  26. Jacob, Lucas 16
  27. Jonathan, Joseph 16
  28. Nathan, Noah 16
  29. Andrew, Anthony 15
  30. Brandon, Bryan 15
  31. Daniel, Michael 15
  32. Daniel, Samuel 15
  33. Isaiah, Jeremiah 15
  34. Jaden, Jordan 15
  35. Jayden, Kayden 15
  36. John, Joseph 15
  37. Matthew, Ryan 15
  38. Aiden, Austin 14
  39. Benjamin, Samuel 14
  40. Christopher, Nicholas 14
  41. Taylor, Tyler 14
  42. Benjamin, William 13
  43. Hayden, Hunter 13
  44. Santiago, Sebastian 13
  45. Alexander, Anthony 12
  46. Alexander, William 12
  47. Brandon, Brian 12
  48. Carter, Cooper 12
  49. Evan, Owen 12
  50. Evan, Ryan 12

 

It is important to note that Social Security Administration has ceased compiling names for twins in popularity.

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